|Our Cousins From Abroad is the true
story of how Kantu, Kale and Kaana, living in rural Uganda, meet their
cousins, Adam and Mercy from England. The story highlights the importance
of teaching children how to respect one another's different background,
upbringing, culture and race..
|Read Me Series are stories for children
written and designed to encourage children and to substitute the lost
fireside experiences of the past. They are intended to bridge the
gap between the present and the past generations, and to provide a
glimpse of Uganda's orature..
All the publications mentioned on this website are available
at FEMRITE and all major bookstores in Kampala. Cassandra is stocked
by ABC (African Book Collective) in London.
Violet Barungi’s novel Cassandra,
is not just one other addition to the Ugandan literature milieu.
Published in 1999, Cassandra is probably the undisputed masterpiece
of our time. Barungi emerges as a skilled storyteller who exhibits
impeccable mastery of language and style, which she employs to good
advantage. It is little wonder that her play, Over My Dead Body,
won the British Council International New Playwriting Award for
Africa and the Middle East in 1997.
Cassandra is the
story of an independent-minded, self confident and ambitious girl,
who is determined to reach the top without using men's coat tails
to do so. She believes women have more going for them than the subservient
role designed for them by society. But what happens when she is
waylaid by love, with all its power to subdue and overwhelm is a
lesson in self-discovery.
Cassandra is a woman made of metal, a radical feminist, but she
possesses a heart of flesh. Driven by the disordering power of passion,
which Plato saw as the worst danger to the stability of an ideal
state, she is torn apart by her love relationships with two egoistic
and jealous brothers..
|About Violet Barungi
Barungi was born in Mbarara district, Western Uganda. She was
educated at Bweranyangi Girls’ School, Gayaza High School
and Makerere University, Kampala, where she graduated with an
honours degree in History. She is married and has six children..
|A week later, Mellinda broached
the subject again. Cassandra had duly presented herself to the recommended
doctor who had examined her and confirmed her condition.
“The results are positive, Cassandra, ten weeks at a guess.”
“I see,” Cassandra replied expressionlessly. “I
never had any doubts really.”
“I understand you’re not married?” the doctor went
on cautiously. Of course he already knew all that, having been fully
briefed by his colleague but he was groping for an opening. He had
never in his life met a girl who made him feel so ill at ease and
In contrast to her sister’s effervescent nature, this one was
cool almost to the point of rudeness.
& the Substance
|I remained on the log thinking
about my childhood and growing up days, and wondering whether I’d
been happy then. But then, what’s happiness? Is it something
one can actually define, a particular moment in one’s life one
can pinpoint and say I was happy then or I’m happy now? Somebody
somewhere said that happiness is something remembered but rarely experienced,
is that the reason why we usually think of the past with nostalgia?
Happiness, are you real or an illusion?